Thursday, August 16, 2007

Audition

Not the best way to see it for the first time but for those who have already seen it and want to see it again. Takashi Miike's Audition, easily one of the finest horror films of recent times (rest is on youtube side bar):



A fantastic introduction from Dennis Lim: "Whatever else it may be—a cold-sweat nightmare of male sexual anxiety, a mocking explication of Eros and Thanatos, the best-disguised psychotronic splatter flick in recent memory—Takashi Miike's Audition is first and foremost a lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie. (If you wish to preserve the purity of the trauma, read no further.) Audition opens as a placid, mournful romantic drama. Rivulets of dread seep in on cue, and the film seems to be heading for a boo-gotcha Grand Guignol pileup. But it doesn't merely morph; after simmering for an eternity, it derails, with spectacular, psychotic force, bulldozing its way toward an almost unwatchable theater of cruelty." It is not that bad actually. Anyway link to the piece de resistance scene towards the end. Of course it is a spoiler.

2 comments:

the cynic librarian said...

It's good to know someone else appreciates the genius of this film. It takes a topic of public concern (childhood molestation) in a totally fifferent direction.

I just hope Hollywood hasn't bought the rights so they can ruin Audition like they did Dark Water.

Alok said...

I don't think Hollywood can handle it. Agree about Dark Water. They really mauled the whole thing up really bad.